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FOX 14 and Dish Network Reach Agreement

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We are pleased to announce that FOX 14 has reached a retransmission agreement with DISH Network. DISH Subscribers will again be able to watch their local News at 9, sports and favorite shows on FOX 14. Thank you for your patience, your encouragement and your loyalty as we worked through this difficult process. We regret the disruption and the frustration it caused our viewers and are glad that the DISH blackout has ended.  

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New Rules on School Drills in Kansas Video included

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Emergency drills are the focus of a new mandate by the Kansas Fire Marshall's Office. Specifically, how many times schools in the state have to perform those drills.  We talked to faculty and students in Galena to see how the policy will impact them. Jodie Howard is a two sport athlete at Galena High School. She understands the benefit of practice.  Jodie Howard, Galena High School Senior:"It's like a volleyball game, basketball game, softball game, any type of... More>>

Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son Video included

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"We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

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Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists Video included

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After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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Downstream & Quapaw Tribe Donate to Campaign to Legalize Casinos in Arkansas

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An organization working to legalize casinos in Arkansas says it raised more than $1 million last month from two American Indian tribes in neighboring Oklahoma. 

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Independence, NEO Make Top-10 in Preseason National Poll

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The defending KJCCC champion Pirates will start the season #5 in the country, while the defending SWJCFC champion Norsemen are #8. 

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Neosho School District Implements New Suicide Prevention Policy Video included

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Teen suicide, or even broader, student suicide, has become a leading topic of discussion for school districts across the nation.     That's causing some big changes in the way districts handle the topic.

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Colgan Football Season Preview Video included

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The Panthers are looking to make another deep playoff run after finishing as the 2A runner-up in 2017. 

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Joplin to Host Jamboree with Lamar, Webb City and Seneca

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The four teams that will be on the field Friday night went 46-4 combined last season, with Lamar and Webb City going undefeated and winning state titles. 

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Man Arrested in McDonald County, MO Hit and Run

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The incident happened on August 14th, 2018, around 6:30 p.m. on Frye Road in McDonald County, Missouri about one mile east of Southwest City. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a 26-year-old from Southwest City hit 47-year-old Robert Blevins, also of Southwest City, and left the scene. Blevins suffered moderate injuries and was taken to Freeman West Hospital in Joplin. Authorities have requested charges be filed against the 26-year-old for felony leaving the scene o... More>>

Pittsburg's City Manager Explains Pay Raise in 2019 Budget Video included

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Pittsburg city employees are getting a raise with the budget for 2019.   

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Fish Kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake Caused by Environmental Factors Video included

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The Fort Scott, Kansas Police Department says a series of events lead to a fish kill at Gunn Park/Fern Lake. Authorities say hot water temperatures, cloudy windless days, low water levels and an expanding green algae bloom that peaked and crashed were all factors. It created the "perfect storm" or aquatic conditions that depleted and decreased the oxygen level to a point where the aquatic system would not support life.

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KS Storms: 2 Killed in Floodwater, Tornado Confirmed Video included

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Tuesday evening, August 14th, 2018, authorities say two Montgomery County , Kansas men were killed when their vehicle was swept off CR 2950 road south of CR 5400 during heavy rainfall. The men were identified as 72-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Sr. and 39-year-old Dennis Clark Catron Jr. of rural Elk City. Montgomery County Sheriff Deputies responded to multiple calls of stranded motorists during the heavy rain. Authorities say in some cases rural firefighters and deputies were goin...

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-15 Video included

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Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer says he is out of the race for the Republican nomination.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Pittsburg City Officials Set Budget that Includes Pay Raises

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Pittsburg City commissioners Tuesday night unanimously approved the 2019 budget.     

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New Mail Policy at Newton County Jail Video included

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A new policy is changing what kind of mail inmates can receive at a local jail. The Newton County Sheriff's Office is restricting incoming mail to postcards only -- a policy that's caused controversy at other jails in the area.  Chris Jennings, Newton County Sheriff: "We'll save a great deal of time with having to open the mail and make sure there's no contraband, drugs things like that." Saving time and decreasing the chances of drugs entering the jail. Those ...

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Kansas Governor Concedes Defeat in GOP Race for Nomination

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The state of Kansas now has a Republican nominee for Governor. What has been a roller coaster primary between Kansas Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach, Colyer announced today he is conceding defeat and is endorsing Kobach. Kobach will face the Democratic nominee Laura Kelly.  Governor Colyer was elevated from his position after former Kansas Governor Sam Brownback took an ambassador's position. 

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A Missouri Man is Indicted for Bomb Threat at VA Clinic

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A Springfield man was indicted by a federal grand jury today (Aug 14, 2018) for making a bomb threat at a Veterans Affairs Clinic. 48-year-old Richard Leslie Turner III allegedly threatened to blow up the Community Based Outpatient Clinic located at 600 N. Main Street in Mount Vernon, Missouri. According to an affidavit filed in support of the original criminal complaint, Turner arrived at the clinic on July 13th, 2018, for an appointment but was told the appointment had be... More>>

R&R Dollars at Work at PSU Video included

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Multiple construction and renovation projects are underway at Pittsburg State University thanks to R&R funding. R&R stands for "repair and rehabilitation."  

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Scheduled Construction Raises Concern in Carl Junction Video included

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This construction work in Diamond is part of an estimated $8.3 million MODOT resurfacing project that includes areas throughout Joplin and Carl Junction.

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Frontenac Looks to Reload After State Title Game Run Video included

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After losing another talented senior class, Frontenac is aiming to return to the top of the CNC and make another deep run into November. 

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LovinGrace House Gets Donation for Desks

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  Today the local chapter of 100 Women Who Care of Jasper and Newton counties presented a $1400 donation to LovinGrace.   

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Teachers Continue to Leave Oklahoma Despite Pay Increase

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An "Oklahoma State School Boards Association" survey shows, despite the largest teacher pay raise in state history, schools still struggle with filling positions.  The survey shows the state will start the academic year with nearly 500 teacher vacancies.     More than half of superintendents surveyed said teacher hiring is worse this year than last. Many districts already rely heavily on emergency certified and part-time teachers.  The school boa... More>>

A Judge's Ruling Allows Gas Tax on November Ballot in MO

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A Missouri judge's ruling means voters will get to cast ballots on a proposed ten cent gas tax increase.    

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-14 Video included

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A decision is made on the fatal Galena accident that claimed the lives of two German cyclists.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

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Joplin City Council Compares Police, Fire Wages to Neighboring Cities Video included

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Police and fire pay and retention is the topic of yet another city council work session.  More specifically, another comparison study, and discussion on the use of the public safety sales tax.  Margy Upson has lived in Joplin off and on for over 30 years. She feels city is getting more dangerous.. in part because the number of public safety workers continues to drop.  Margy Upson, Joplin Resident:"The crime each year gets worse and worse, and we're getting...

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Pittsburg Season Preview Video included

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The Dragons have one of their biggest offensive weapons and a hard-hitting group of linebackers returning from last year's team. 

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Gorillas Receive Votes in National Coaches Poll Video included

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Pitt State didn't make the top-25, but did receive votes in the preseason AFCA Coaches Poll. 

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Former Neosho County Panther Hits Walk-off Grand Slam for Cubs

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Bote was a member of the 2012 Neosho County World Series team.

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Women Uncover Neglected Gravesite Video included

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Down a quiet dirt road in the small town of Mindenmines is the Sharp Cemetery. If you can't see it, you're not alone. "You wouldn't even know it was a cemetery, to be honest with you, because it's just pitiful," said Cynthia Best of Pittsburg.

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Pittsburg Businesses Happy to See Students Back in Town Video included

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PSU students return to campus this week and local businesses share their thoughts on the new and returning student customers.

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No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists Video included

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After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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Drug Trafficking: 4 People Charged in Joplin Bust Video included

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An off-duty officer recognizes a wanted male and it leads to the seizure of about 286 grams of meth. The arrests happened on August 11th, 2018. Around 8:30 p.m. an off-duty Joplin Police Officer was at Sonic (3333 South Range Line) when he recognized 33-year-old Aaron S. Sutten of Webb City, who had two felony arrest warrants. He called an on-duty officer and says Sutten walked to the Fairfield Inn and met 26-year-old Shawna M. Smith of Joplin.... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-13 Video included

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Residents of a North Joplin neighborhood say they're fed up with storm water issues on their street.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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SEK Railroad History in Franklin

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    A special presentation in Franklin today at the miners hall museum involving one of my favorite topics - railroad history.     The exhibit is being hosted by Heart of the Heartlands, with a presentation today focusing on the importance of railroads and coal mining in the early days of Southeast Kansas.

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Theatre Camp Auditions Begin Video included

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Sage and Lexi Hill are siblings that decided to take on the Pittsburg High School's intensive acting workshop together and if you ask Lexi what she's looking forward to the most, it's making new memories with her big brother.

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Veteran Celebrates 100th Birthday Video included

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Rodrick Peregoy has lived a long life and he's still going strong. "I either mow the yard or I'm working the garden or I do something around the house. I don't sit around. I try to keep active and that may be part of my longevity," said Peregoy.

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Golf Tournament Honors Local Veteran's Life Video included

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A golf tournament in Pittsburg today was more than what it seemed.. as it served to honor the life of an American hero. We spoke with his wife, and closest friend, to find out what the event was all about. Jessica Kavanagh, Brian's Wife - VetLinks.org Founder:"He was just so smart. He was the life of the party, he loved to just always be kind to everybody. He was just overall a really amazing human being." Brian Kavanagh grew up in Pittsburg -- and one of his closest...

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Shoal Creek Water Fest Educates Kids Video included

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People of all ages attended the 10th Annual Shoal Creek Water Festival. 

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Retired Veteran Speaks on Post Traumatic Stress, Advocates for Non Profit Video included

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A non-profit organization that was founded by Pittsburg natives is working to help veterans deal with post traumatic stress.  We spoke with a veteran today, that's working with the organization to achieve that goal. Brigadier General Donald Bolduc served in the military for 32 years -- before retiring in October of last year.  Donald Bolduc, Retired Brigadier General:"My grandfather on my father's side of the family made it a requirement for all Bolduc males to serve... More>>

Storm Water Flooding Concerns In North Joplin Neighborhood Video included

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    A Joplin resident says he's fed up with flooding in his back yard - and says the city needs to step up and take action. Walt Vandergrift and his wife bought this home on North Ozark back in April, what they didn't know, is this home came with a built in pool - but, only when it rains. Walt Vandergrift: "Sometimes it gets very deep back here, there are houses over on Miller street the water gets so deep it probably goes from foundation to foundation and the one ... More>>

City of Pittsburg Clarifies Why They're Calling Some Customers Video included

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The City of Pittsburg is giving utility customers some new options and are working to update contact information to help. It posted the following alert to social media on August 9th, 2018: "Attention Utility Customers: We wanted to let you know that a representative from City Hall will be calling to update all personal information on your utility account. We will be calling the phone number we currently have on file. If the phone number is not valid, you will receive a door ta...

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Carthage Season Preview Video included

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The Tigers made the state semifinals in 2017, and have won four straight district titles. 

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Chiropractic Office Urges Parents to Purchase Proper Backpack Video included

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Erin Walkenshaw is a mother of three young girls. She knows that one of the biggest back to school items for her kids is their backpack, but she admits that she lets them have free reign when it comes to picking it out. 

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Pittsburg Man Arrested on Warrants, Assault on Law Enforcement

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The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office says a Pittsburg, Kansas man faces new charges on top of already outstanding warrants in Kansas and Missouri. "This situation was bizarre in the sense the suspect, knowing he had outstanding arrest warrants, gave the deputy a fictitious name. Unfortunately for him, the name he initially gave, was of a person who also had felony warrants and had been tagged as a potentially dangerous felon," stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves. ... More>>

The Lighter Side: Pizza Hut Sign Fights Back

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Those who drove down south Broadway in Pittsburg, Kansas in May might remember the Domino's Pizza sign that read "We huffed and we puffed and we blew the Hut down." Well, now, it's Pizza Hut's turn. The Pizza Hut at Quincy and Broadway was torn down and is now open for business in a completely new building. There are signs letting customers know it's open. There's also a sign letting Domino's know what's up. It states "Huff & Puff Away! Pizza Hut is NEW and Here ... More>>

KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-10

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The margin between current Governor Jeff Colyer and Secretary of State Kris Kobach is cut in half.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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KCU Joplin Teams Up with Community Clinic to add New Clinic Video included

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Kansas City University of Medical and Biosciences Joplin has teamed up with the Community Clinic of Southwest Missouri to provide new Thursday night clinics for people that otherwise couldn't get care. Mahreen Bux is a second year student at KCU Joplin -- who moved to Joplin from Illinois to go to medical school.  Marheen Bux, Medical Student:"Putting the skills that we learned in school to use is really really exciting for me." Bux was one of ten second ye... More>>

Kansas Attorney General Issues Statement on Gubernatorial Primary

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Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today issued the following statement in connection with the canvassing of votes from the primary election. The canvassing process, through which official vote tallies are determined, will begin next week and will be conducted county-by-county:

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Lamar Begins Quest for 8th Straight State Title Video included

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The Tigers have won 7 straight Missouri Class 2 State Titles, and enter the season on a 49-game winning streak. 

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Snyder Agrees to 5-year Extension at Kansas State

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Snyder will be 82 years old when his new contract expires in 2022. 

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Free ACT and WorkKeys Test for Kansas Juniors Also Helps Businesses Video included

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 Kansas is joining other states in paying for high school students to take the ACT test or the WorkKeys assessment in their junior year. 

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Milo, Missouri Man Killed in Crash

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The crash happened on August 8th, 2018, around 3:25 p.m. about one mile east of Halltown on Interstate 44 in Lawrence County, Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says a man driving a tractor-trailer was slowing in traffic due to a prior accident and was rear ended by 64-year-old Neal Stroud, who was also driving a tractor-trailer. Stroud later died at Mercy Hospital in Springfield. This is MSHP Troop D's 74th fatality for 2018.

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KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-9 Video included

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Comments made by a member of the Joplin Use Tax committee are stirring up some controversy.  Plus all the news you need to know before you walk out the door.

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Carl Junction Season Preview Video included

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The Bulldogs have 14 starters returning from a team that went 10-2 last season, but they'll be without one of the best running backs in the state in 2018. 

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Southeast Kansas Teen Dies in 3-Vehicle Crash Video included

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City Apologizes: Controversy after Negative Comments Toward Police, Fire Video included

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Comments made by a former Joplin city employee are causing quite a bit of controversy.  Officials with the Joplin Police Union allege a member of the Joplin Use Tax Committee made negative remarks toward the police department, and their fallen officers.  Shelby Howard, SWMO Fraternal Order of Police President:"First it was disbelief that anybody would say things like that in a public forum." Fraternal Order of Police President Shelby Howard says a member of the ...

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Dialysis Center in Pittsburg Certified for Medicare Patients Two Years After Construction Video included

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Davita Hopefield Dialysis at Centennial and Rouse  in Pittsburg is planning an open house for Tuesday, August 14th at 10:00 a.m. to welcome medicare patients. 

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Netflix Returning to Independence CC for Season 4 of "Last Chance U" Video included

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The series will return to Indy for season 4 after featuring the Pirates in season 3, which is currently streaming on Netflix. 

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Southeast Kansas Man Sentenced for Murder, Girlfriend Pleads No Contest

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A Wilson County, Kansas man is sentenced today (August 8, 2018) to more than 19 years in prison. 57-year-old Michael Elam was found dead inside his home after it burnt down on December 13th, 2016. According to court documents, two suspects broke into the home at 509 Wisconsin in Neodesha, Kansas. Authorities arrested 37-year-old DeJay Lynn Schlegel and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Hayley Hurst, in connection to the case. On May 22nd, 2018, Schlegel pleaded guilty to reckless s...

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Galena Picked to Repeat as CNC Champs Video included

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The Bulldogs were #1 in the CNC preseason coaches poll released at ESPN 100.7's annual SEK Football Media Day.

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Labette County #1 in SEK Preseason Poll Video included

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The defending league champion Grizzlies were picked to repeat as SEK champs in the preseason poll released on Wednesday. 

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St. Paul, Jayhawk-Linn Picked to Win League Titles Video included

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The Indians and Jayhawks were unanimous picks in the TRL preseason coaches' polls released on Wednesday. 

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Found Safe: Joplin Police Search for 55-year-old Endangered Man

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The Joplin Police Department asks for the public's help in finding 55-year-old Steven R. Tepper. Authorities are considering him a missing an endangered person. He was last seen in Joplin, Missouri. He's known to be driving a White Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck with the Missouri License Plate 0WC721. Authorities say he's known to not take his needed medication.

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4-way stop in Pittsburg activates today

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The City of Pittsburg gives a heads up to drivers about a traffic safety improvement near the high school. A four-way stop at 4th Street and Free King Highway will activate on Thursday, August 9th, 2018, to help slow traffic east of the Pittsburg High School. Officials say it's one of several modifications agreed upon by the City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg USD 250 School District, Crawford County and Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) to improve safety for students. The Cit...

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Kobach Leads Colyer by fewer than 200 votes in the Republican race for Kansas Governor

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Kansas unofficial primary results show Kris Kobach leading current Governor Jeff Colyer by fewer than 200 votes in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.  

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Pittsburg Survives, Webb City Eliminated at Little League Regional

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Pittsburg will face Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday trying to keep their Little League World Series hopes alive once again. 

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Carl Junction's Trent Smith Commits to SBU

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Smith was an All-State selection as a senior at CJ, scoring 20 points per game and shooting 47% from three. 

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Webb City Looks to Reload, Repeat Video included

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Webb City graduated 30 seniors from last year's state championship team, including eight who went on to join college programs. 

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Newton County Teachers Get Training on Why Teens Kill Video included

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Nearly five hundred Newton county teachers, counselors, administrators, and members of law enforcement got training today on why teens kill.        

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Lion Cub Academy Offers Perk for Parents Video included

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Sherri Noller is a working mom at MSSU who takes pride in her job and her children, but she explains that juggling her career with her kids can be a challenge. 

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Joplin Police Investigate Stabbing

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Joplin Police investigate an early morning stabbing.   According to authorities, officers responded to 221 North Walnut around 4:20 a.m.. Officers arrived on scene to find an adult man with a stab wound to the stomach. The man was transported to a local hospital by ambulance with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Police have not released the man's identity.  No arrests have been made. The investigation continues. 

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Update: Webb City Man Meets Bone Marrow Donor From Germany Video included

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    Alex Talbott of Webb City was diagnosed with cancer - and thanks to a bone marrow donor, he's alive today.     Tomorrow - he and his wife will meet the donor, who, is not from just around the corner.     Alex Talbott is 30 years old - but he almost didn't make it to 30.     In 2015 he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer and immediately began treatments to combat the cancer.

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Missouri Southern Kicks Off Practice

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"We have about a dozen or fifteen guys..that have taken ownership of this football team. That's really encouraging as a coach. The team will never be all that it can be until the players take ownership with that."

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Student Safety a Top Priority in Pittsburg

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Big changes have hit the streets surrounding Pittsburg High, all in the name of safety. There's now a 4-way stop that will be activated this Thursday at the intersection of 4th Street and Free King Highway. 

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Newton County Prepares for Election Day

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Tomorrow's elections means preparation today. The Newton County Clerk's office was busy sending out voting materials to their 23 precincts and we took a trip there to learn about the topics being discussed. 

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Tash, Westmoreland Return to Lead Joplin Offense in 2018

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Joplin QB Blake Tash and his #1 target WR Zach Westmoreland are back for their junior season after massive success in 2017. 

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Two Missouri Republicans Compete For State Senate Nomination Video included

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In Southwest Missouri, two widely-known republican leaders are vying for the state senate seat being vacated by Ron Richard because of term limits. Long-time Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce president Rob O'Brian is running against State Representative Bill White for the GOP nomination. Polls  will be open tomorrow from 7 a.m.-7 p-m.   KOAM and Fox 14 will have results from dozens of state and local races throughout the evening tomorrow. For more information on the can... More>>

West, Clemons to Lead Pitt State Receiver Group

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Junior WR Lorenzo West and redshirt sophomore Brenner Clemmons will look to lead the PSU receiving corps this season. West was the team's leading receiver in 2017, while Clemons was the MIAA Freshman of the Year in 2016. 

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Joplin Man Charged With Crimes Against Three Children

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Joplin Police arrest a man for allegedly committing sex crimes with three minors. 29-year-old Matthew Galati from Joplin has been charged with four counts of statutory sodomy of a person less than 12-years-old and two counts of statutory sodomy in the second degree. He is currently held at the Jasper County Jail with a $150,000 cash only bond. Galati had access to the victims through his involvements in more than one church outside of our city but the alleged crimes he is ch...

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Noel Man Killed By Train Video included

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    The incident occurred just after 9:30 Saturday night.     The Missouri Highway Patrol says 27 year old Jowhar Muhumed of Noel, was attempting to go underneath a stopped rail car when the train began to move.     He was pronounced dead on the scene. More>>

Webb City Man In Serious Condition Following Pursuit, Crash

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A man is in serious condition after a collision with a pickup truck in Seneca.     This incident occurred just after 7:00 last night on Highway 43 near Seneca.     According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, 59 year old Gary Boyd of Webb City was fleeing from Newton County Deputies when a pickup truck, driven by 51 year old Gerine Uhrich of Seneca began to make a left turn.      When Boyd attempted to pass her truck he struck the driver side.... More>>

Outdoor Worship Service Draws Crowd Video included

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The Joplin community came together to worship in a church without walls as this year's Emancipation Park Days events draw to a close, and people like Ron Bonner say that it's a beautiful sight to see because of the fresh faces it leads in to faith. 

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Fatal Three Vehicle Accident Near Claremore Video included

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A person is dead - and another seriously injured following a fiery crash in Northeast Oklahoma.  It happened in Rogers county on Interstate 44 eastbound at Claremore. According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, three vehicles, including a semi, collided last night just before midnight. The deceased person's vehicle was also completely burned. The driver of the other car was flown to a hospital in Tulsa in critical condition. The semi driver was not injured, and autho... More>>

Plane Crashes In Ponca City, Killing All Aboard Video included

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A plane crashes near Ponca City killing all on board. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says five people on board were killed after a small passenger plane crashed into a soybean field near Ponca City. OHP officials have confirmed the deceased are from Independence, Kansas. OHP says a plane with three adults and two children on board crashed north of Hubbard Road and U Street. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. The victims have not be... More>>

Woman Arrested And Charged With Child Abuse in SEK Video included

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A Columbus woman is behind bars following what investigators call a "lengthy investigation".  Detectives with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office arrested 25 year old Samantha Weaver of Columbus. Authorities say Weaver allegedly physically abused two children under the age of 5. One of the children had to be transported and treated at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She's being held in the Cherokee County Jail - and has been charged with two counts of ag... More>>

Breaking Down Joplin Emancipation Park Day's History Video included

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The annual Emancipation Celebration.. also known as Park Days.. is underway in Joplin - and over it's century of celebrating - it's undergone a fair amount of change. Gospel music.. good food.. a car show.. and family and friends.. all a part of park days in Ewert park.  Travis Gooden, Arizona Resident :"This is a special occasion." Travis Gooden has attended the celebration for more than 20 years.. and remembers what the event was like back when ... More>>

Rummage Sale Helps Families In Need Video included

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You never know what you'll find at a rummage sale, but this one was especially unique because it's helping people like AJ Soverns who is battling cancer.

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Roderique Returning to Starting QB Role for Pitt State

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John Roderique will be under center for Pitt State's season opener against UCO later this month. 

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Missouri Voters Face Three Medical Marijuana Proposals In November Video included

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    Come November Missouri voters will be faced with three different initiatives to legalize medical marijuana in the state.  We'll break down the initiatives and what happens if more than one passes. Let's break down the three proposals first.     Petition 2018-041 would legalize marijuana for medical purposes, impose a 15% tax on the retail sale of marijuana, and a tax on wholesale flowers and leaves sold to licensed facilities.    ... More>>

PBS Affiliate Shooting Documentary on Marian Days Video included

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Ozarks Public Television (OPT-KOZJ) -- the local PBS affiliate -- is working on a documentary about Marian Days in Carthage.  We talked to the crew about the importance of capturing a festival like this.  Linda Bui has been coming to Marian Days with members of her parish for over 20 years.  Linda Bu, Food Vendor from Port Arthur, Texas:"We meet once a year, a lot of people are so nice and are like ah, I haven't seen you in a long time. It's like just ... More>>

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    With another quick moving system in the upper levels working out of the Northern Plains, that will send t-storm chances back in here late Thursday evening and into Friday morning. We're not anticipating a lot of severe weather with those t-storms. If we had strong t-storms, those would bring maybe some gusty winds and some small hail. By the time the system works out after Friday morning, that will push not only the t-storms chances out to start the weekend but any chances for strong ...More >>
    With another quick moving system in the upper levels working out of the Northern Plains, that will send t-storm chances back in here late Thursday evening and into Friday morning. We're not anticipating a lot of severe weather with those t-storms. If we had strong t-storms, those would bring maybe some gusty winds and some small hail. By the time the system works out after Friday morning, that will push not only the t-storms chances out to start the weekend but any chances for strong ...More >>
  • Baxter Springs Police Seek Help in Solving Thefts

    Baxter Springs Police Seek Help in Solving Thefts

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-08-16 01:39:26 GMT

    The Baxter Springs Police Department says it's investigating multiple reports of thefts and needs help solving the cases. 

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    The Baxter Springs Police Department says it's investigating multiple reports of thefts and needs help solving the cases. 

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  • Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son

    Extreme Weather Kills Father and Son

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 8:06 PM EDT2018-08-16 00:06:03 GMT

    "We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

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    "We're actually headed to the widow's house to pay our condolences," said Brian Liming. Liming and his friends paid a brief stop to a spot on a county road, just north of Independence, Kansas. It's where Brian's high school classmate Dennis Catron Jr. and his father, Dennis Catron Sr., lost their lives. 

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  • Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Families Respond: No Charges Sought in Crash that Killed 2 German Cyclists

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 7:44 PM EDT2018-08-15 23:44:13 GMT
    Mr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the rightMr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the right
    Mr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the rightMr. Büchel on the Left and Mr. Jung on the right

    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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    After reviewing the Kansas Highway Patrol's investigation, the Cherokee County Kansas Attorney will not file charges against the driver of the van. On May 8th, 2018, two cyclists from Germany were riding on Highway 66 near mile marker 1.8 when they were hit by a 2013 Chrysler Town and Country van. The cyclists, 71-year-old Heinz Gerd Buchel and 74-year-old Harry Jung, died at the scene. The highway patrol report states that the van was traveling west in the right lane of K-66 wh...

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  • St. Louis couple charged in drug overdose death of baby

    St. Louis couple charged in drug overdose death of baby

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 8:22 PM EDT2018-08-16 00:22:22 GMT

    A baby had fentanyl and morphine in her system.

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    A baby had fentanyl and morphine in her system.

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  • Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

    Pot taxes pick up in California but still far off target

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:40 AM EDT2018-08-16 08:40:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File). File - In this May 19, 2018 file photo tourists Randy Wilkie and Keya Cole from Buffalo, New York, check out the offerings of cannabis at one of the MedMen cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles, prior to boarding the Gree...(AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File). File - In this May 19, 2018 file photo tourists Randy Wilkie and Keya Cole from Buffalo, New York, check out the offerings of cannabis at one of the MedMen cannabis dispensaries in Los Angeles, prior to boarding the Gree...
    When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is getting a sluggish start.More >>
    When it comes to the taxman, California's legal pot market is getting a sluggish start.More >>
  • Prosecutor: Priests 'weaponized' the faith to abuse kids

    Prosecutor: Priests 'weaponized' the faith to abuse kids

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:36 AM EDT2018-08-16 08:36:26 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, at podium, speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abu...(AP Photo/Matt Rourke). Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, at podium, speaks during a news conference at the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. A Pennsylvania grand jury says its investigation of clergy sexual abu...
    A grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church in Pennsylvania accuses priests of using religious rituals, symbols of faith and the threat of eternity in hell to sexually attack children...More >>
    A grand jury report on child sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic church in Pennsylvania accuses priests of using religious rituals, symbols of faith and the threat of eternity in hell to sexually attack children over the years.More >>
  • Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

    Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning

    Thursday, August 16 2018 4:36 AM EDT2018-08-16 08:36:24 GMT
    (Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP, File). FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2012, file photo, the Most Rev. Donald Trautman, second from left, retiring bishop of Erie, Pa., prays and lays his hands on the head of Monsignor Lawrence T. Persico, kneeling...(Christopher Millette/Erie Times-News via AP, File). FILE – In this Oct. 1, 2012, file photo, the Most Rev. Donald Trautman, second from left, retiring bishop of Erie, Pa., prays and lays his hands on the head of Monsignor Lawrence T. Persico, kneeling...
    Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their midst. But in dozens of other...More >>
    Six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania joined the list this week of those around the U.S. that have been forced to face the ugly truth about child-molesting priests in their midst. But in dozens of other dioceses, there has been no reckoning.More >>
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